Cats – Abridged Version

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Photo: The Downs Malvern School 2019
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Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

“Prologue – Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats” additional material written by Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe; ”Memory” additional material written by Trevor Nunn.

The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year—the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories to Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

The abridged edition is a shortened version of the full length show for school and youth performances. Check out the differences here.


Size of orchestra: Large Medium

Genre: Adaptation (Literature) Comedy Family

Vocal demands: Moderate

Dance Requirements: Difficult

Cast Size: Flexible Large

Casting Opportunities: Ensemble Cast Expandable Casting Multicultural Casting Non-Traditional Casting Reduced Casting/Doubling Roles For Older Actors

Performance groups

Outdoor Performing Arts School Primary School Secondary School Youth Group

Videos from the show

  • Broadway revival cast member Mamie Parris sings “Memory”
  • Montage of the 2016 Broadway revival company
  • Character Study of Broadway’s Grizabella, Mamie Parris
  • City Youth Theatre’s 2013 trailer
  • A Sneak Peek of "The Jellicle Ball" from the New Wolsey Theatre
  • Compagnia della Rancia Italian professional production in 2010
  • Opera Populaire in Bergamo, Italy
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